Dallas police say an outdoor concert in Dallas where one person was killed and 15 others were injured by gunfire over the weekend did not have a permit
DALLAS — An outdoor concert in Dallas where one person was killed and 15 others were shot and injured over the weekend did not have a permit, police said Monday.
In addition to those killed or injured, a woman suffered a non-firearm related injury, police said. The victims were between the ages of 13 and 29 and were in stable condition, Police Chief Eddie Garcia said at a Monday news conference.
Garcia said that with “permit and proper oversight from the promoter, we can better prepare for events and crowds.”
Seven Dallas police officers were allowed to participate in the off-duty event, but that shouldn’t have happened since the event didn’t have a permit, Garcia said. They were all gone by the time the shooting happened, he said.
“We are reviewing our internal policies to take a closer look at approvals for these types of jobs,” Garcia said.
Police said officers responded around 12:13 p.m. Sunday at the field in southwest Dallas where the concert was held. Garcia said one person fired a gun into the air, then an argument broke out and another person fired into the crowd.
Near the concert stage, police found Kealon Dejuane Gilmore, 26, lying on the floor with a gunshot wound to the head. Gilmore died at the scene.
“People coming to an event have to worry about having fun, not being scared if they don’t go home,” García said.
The investigation is ongoing. A police spokeswoman said the identity of the organizers was not immediately available, so they could not be reached for comment.
Saturday night’s shooting came two weeks after 10 people were shot on March 19 during a spring break party at an event venue in Dallas.
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